Christmas tree, O’ Christmas tree, how lovely are your branches — until kitty gets to them

For those cat owners who have seen their Christmas decorations destroyed, this carol is for you.

I Tried It: How to Make Puppy Chow

Whether it’s for friends and family, or a large party, puppy chow is a favorite treat to make this holiday season.

For the season of Advent, a renewal of the rite of confession

Between now and Christmas, Michael Flanagan, pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Columbia, will once again see large numbers of parishioners lining up before the confessional. It’s the season of Advent, the time of repentance for Catholics as they prepare to celebrate the Nativity.

Penitents choosing online confessions over traditional church ritual

Like it has for just about everything else, the Internet has led to new trends in penance.

Web sites such as, run by a Protestant church in Florida, and, which arranges confessions based on the 10 Commandments, offer penitents a chance to forgive themselves through anonymous, online confessions.

Police firing range plans set aside

Plans for a new training facility for the Columbia Police Department are taking shape, despite not having property for the building.